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New Delhi: Security forces killed three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants early on Thursday morning after launching a cordon and search operation (CASO) late Wednesday night in the Kapapora region of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“A joint CASO by troops of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), Rashtriya Rifles (Army) and SOG (Special Operations Group) of the state police was carried out at Kapapora, Pulwama. A fierce encounter was on and three militants were killed and their bodies recovered along with two AK rifles and one pistol," said a senior CRPF official in New Delhi, requesting anonymity.

“The slain militants belonged to LeT and have been identified as Majid Mir, Shriq Ahmad and Irshad Ahmad," the CRPF official added.

While security forces who had cordoned off the house in which the militants were holed up urged the three to surrender, the militants did not give in. However, the house caught fire and the three ran out, following which they were gunned down.

State police officials added that no sooner had the militants been neutralized, a mob of stone-pelters gathered in the area.

“One stone pelter—Tawseef Hassan Wani (28)—was killed when the CRPF tried to stop the protests directed against them, from aggravating further. Wani was leading the stone-pelters and had several cases registered against him earlier," said a senior J&K police official, requesting anonymity.

Security forces also foiled an infiltration bid in Kashmir’s Keran sector on Tuesday afternoon even as Pakistan violated the ceasefire again along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir’s Poonch district, a senior security official stated on condition of anonymity.

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